Ray Gorham

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Ray Gorham
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Candidate for
Montana House of Representatives, District 40
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Personal
Place of birthCalgary, Alberta, Canada
ProfessionBusiness owner
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Ray Gorham was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 40 of the Montana House of Representatives.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Taxes

It is absolutely essential that government be adequately funded; however, I believe that tax revenues should be used with utmost discretion and that every effort should be made to keep the tax burden as low as possible.

Economy
It is the responsibility of elected officials to do their utmost to create an economic environment that encourages business creation as well as growth and success, and that is best done by removing obstacles and getting out of the way so private individuals and businesses can thrive.

Education
With 5 school-aged children, education is one of my top priorities and is also one of the most important issues for the long-term success of our state. I support public schools, private schools, charter schools, and home schools and will work hard to ensure that education funds are used as effectively as possible. I do not support Common Core; states should be encouraged to find what works best for their students.

Healthcare
Healthcare costs are too high, and too many families live on the edge of financial ruin due to unexpected healthcare expenses. The solution to this is not adding layers of regulation and red tape, but unleashing freedom, innovation, and competition.

Resources
Montana is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that can be developed in a safe and responsible manner and should be a huge boon to the citizens of the state. Our agriculture, ranching, forestry, wildlife, minerals, and fossil fuels must be put to use in order to minimize our tax burden and foster prosperity.

Liberty
I believe in a government that exists to serve the people, not in a people that exist to serve the government. The government should be close to invisible in the lives of individuals. A wise man said, “The bigger the government, the smaller the individual.” Montana needs large individuals.

Property Rights
A vital component of America’s prosperity is a legal system that protects the rights of individuals to own and control property. One of the essential responsibilities of elected officials is to respect and defend the property of the citizens they’ve chosen to serve. [2]

Elections

2014

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Edith Sloan was unopposed in the Democratic primary. District 45 incumbent Tom Berry defeated Ray Gorham in the Republican primary. Berry defeated Sloan in the general election. Incumbent Bill McChesney (D) ran for District 19 of the Montana State Senate.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 40 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Berry Incumbent 77.3% 3,006
     Democratic Edith Sloan 22.7% 881
Total Votes 3,887
Montana House of Representatives, District 40 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Berry Incumbent 60.2% 1,252
Ray Gorham 39.8% 829
Total Votes 2,081

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